|Last night, Marreese Speights started the second quarter at center, next to Elton Brand. 12 seconds into the quarter he fouled James Posey. Three minutes later, he fouled Julian Wright. He was immediately pulled from the game for Reggie Evans, he would not return. The team, as a whole, was not playing poorly over that stretch. In fact, they extended their lead from 3 to 6 points. The message from Coach DiLeo was clear. If you don't defend, or you're lazy on the defensive end, you're going to ride the pine.|
|Part three of our first half review will feature the most hotly-debated players on the team. When Elton Brand returns, this group should see a big shakedown in minute distribution. It's anyone's guess as to how that will affect the production of these guys. After the jump, we'll take a look at the splits for the Sixers' power forwards and centers, see who's been a second-half warrior in the past and make the case for more minutes for a certain rook.|
|That calm, proud feeling you've been overcome with for the past hour or so doesn't happen often, so enjoy it. A feeling like this only comes from a perfect game from your beloved team, against a powerhouse, that results in a blowout.|
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|Marreese Speights has the physical tools to be a star in this league. Offensive skills like his are rarely seen in rookies. Under Mo Cheeks' guidance through the first 23 games Mo Cheeks had him motivated, and it looked like it was only a matter of time until he took over the starting center spot from Samuel Dalembert. Then Mo got fired and something happened to Speights' game. He wasn't hustling, he wasn't rebounding, he seemed to only care about getting his points when he got on the floor. While extremely disconcerting, the drop-off in production isn't what we're going to talk about today. We're going to talk about how it was handled and how he responded.|
|The fourth win of four straight turned out to be the most impressive of the group. On the road, in Atlanta in front of hundreds of rabid Hawks fans, the Sixers took it to a 22-13 team and never let up. The Sixers put forth maximum effort for 48 minutes and literally ran the Hawks right out of their own gym.|
|You should beat the Charlotte Bobcats at home. That's just a fact. This is a game the Sixers should have won, and they did. If you're going to make the playoffs, you can't have letdown games, especially at home. So the win isn't the big news. The streak of three is more important. The quality of play over the past 6 or 7 is even bigger.|
|How good is Andre Miller? When guarded by D-League-caliber defenders (like Luke Ridnour) he shoots with his eyes closed. He's that good.|
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|The Sixers returned home in style tonight with an emphatic 104-96 win over the Houston Rockets. After outscoring the Spurs 56-42 in the second half on Saturday, the Sixers put Houston away with a 51-41 second half tonight. While Philly was able to score 104 points against the Rockets (they average 94.1 allowed/game), the offense wasn't the story in this one.|
|Three obvious reasons the Sixers lost this game, 105-101 to the Nuggets. Which one do you like best? 1. Outscored by 30 points from three. (5 threes to 15) 2. Outworked on the boards (41 to 34 overall, 12 to 8 on the offensive glass) 3. Can't hit a free throw (18/30, 60%)|
|Tonight's game was marred by poor rebounding and porous defense through the first three quarters. For once, though, this team's shooting, particularly from three, made up for their lapses in the other areas. Amazing.|
|This thought just popped into my head as I was walking back to the office from lunch and I thought I'd throw it out there for you guys:How much of a drop-off would the Sixers see if they put Marreese...|
|The headline is the biggest takeaway from this 34-point massacre. As currently constructed, this Kings team is putrid. They have a few bright spots, I was impressed by their two young bigs, Spencer "Hee" Hawes and Jason Thompson.After the jump...|
|I finally got my first extended look at the 2008-2009 Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers tonight and I came away feeling pretty good. The Sixers controlled the game pretty much the whole way as the Knicks tried out their new run-gun-and-play-no-defense philosophy. As...|